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Its an odd start to the evening with opening act Beija Flo overpowering the audience with her exuberance, coupled with her dour lyrics it was something of a juxtaposition. It’s an odd set that fails to enthuse instead inspiring a feeling of bewilderment. The same cannot be said for International Teachers of Pop, who from the off are in top form, driving synths coupled with Leonore Wheatley’s vocals.

Their excitement and enthusiasm inspiring this crowd to get involved, as they successfully live up to their name. These infectious pop tracks are packed with hooks and coupled with the synchronised dance moves; there is little that International Teachers of Pop can do wrong. At times they veer towards almost Eurovision style Pop music but it all adds to their charm, there is the odd heartfelt blast of relative normality to be found in tracks like She Walks in Beauty. On Repeat, Remedy and Age of the Train all receive rousing responses as the crowd and the band alike continue to pull a variety of shapes in unison. Ok Yosemite is the stand out song of the set though with its attack on people that are unable to correctly pronounce a variety of words. It’s an overtly fun set though as International Teachers of Pop provide a small amount of fun and excitement in an otherwise very serious world.

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